Church and this city have long loomed large in Scientology history, for it was in London in 1952 that Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard established the first Scientology Organisation in the United Kingdom. Landmark building is a magnificent example of the work of renowned 19th century architect Edward l’Anson. Moreover, church realises Mr. Hubbard’s vision that all Churches of Scientology become what he termed Ideal Organisations (Orgs).
Ideal Orgs not only provide the ideal facilities for Scientologists on their ascent to higher states of spiritual awareness and freedom, but they also serve as a home for the entire community and a meeting ground of cooperative effort to uplift people of all denominations.
United Kingdom’s Church of Scientology
The United Kingdom’s Church of Scientology, standing on Queen Victoria Street in the cultural epicenter of London, drew more than 3,000 Scientologists, London citizens and dignitaries from every continent to its October 2006 opening. The dedication of the new Church by Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, marked the significance of the occasion.
Honored guests who participated in the dedication, each of whom had partnered with Scientologists in civic or humanitarian endeavors, included Commander Kevin Hurley, City of London Police; The Right Honorable Ian Lauder, City of London Alderman; and The Honorable Iftikhar Ayaz, United Nations permanent peace envoy and representative of the UN Human Rights Commission. The definitive statement on what the new Church in London signified came from Mr. Miscavige in his inaugural address to those assembled.